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9-men Liverpool capitulate at White Hart Lane

Liverpool had both Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off as Tottenham romped to an impressive 4-0 win, their first victory at White Hart Lane this season.

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Tottenham 4
Modric (7), Defoe (68), Adebayor (68, 90)

Liverpool 0

Liverpool had both Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off as Tottenham romped to an impressive 4-0 win, their first victory at White Hart Lane this season.

Harry Redknapp made ten changes from the side that drew 0-0 with PAOK on Thursday night and they should have been ahead after only 3 minutes, Emmanuel Adebayor, making his home debut alongside Scott Parker, dragging his effort wide after linking up well with Niko Kranjcar.

Danish international Daniel Agger did well to block Jermain Defoe’s effort moments later after a low ball from Gareth Bale but the home side were ahead after 7 minutes following a good passage of play involving Adebayor, Bale and Defoe culminated in Luka Modric burying a stunning 20-yard effort off the underside of the bar.

The Croatian, who was closely courted by Chelsea over the summer, came close to doubling Spurs’ lead 6 minutes later after Pepe Reina got down low to deny him before Adebayor failed to pick up Defoe in the follow-up.

It could have been 1-1 after 18 minutes when Luis Suarez put the ball in the back of the net, only for the goal to be chalked off after the linesman flagged for offside following some good work from the Uruguayan and team-mate Andy Carroll.

Adebayor then saw a curling effort clear the crossbar before Agger limped off after picking up an injury in the build-up to Modric’s opener and the afternoon took a turn for the worst for the Reds when Adam was given his marching for a second bookable offence following a poorly timed tackle on Parker.

Hoping to take full advantage of their numerical advantage, Younes Kaboul’s header fizzed wide after Kranjcar picked out the Frenchman.

However, Redknapp was forced into a half-time change, Kranjcar picking up a knock in the opening 45 minutes and was replaced by the returning Rafael Van der Vaart.

Spurs continued to pepper the Liverpool goal and Defoe came close to making it 2-0 just after the interval, Adebayor’s clever pass setting up the England international, who turned provider on the hour-mark only for the Togolese forwards tame effort, easily smothered by Reina.

Things went from bad to worse moments later as Skrtel’s second booking added further misery to the travelling Liverpool fans.

And the North London side duly put the game to rest after 2 goals in as many minutes compounded a miserable afternoon for Kenny Dalglish’s side.

First, Defoe latched on to a Van der Vaart through ball, shrugged off the pressure from the ensuing Jose Enrique before slamming home his second league goal of the season in the 66th minute and it was 3-0 2 minutes later, Adebayor in the right place at the right time to tuck away Defoe’s rebounded effort.

Carroll came close to adding a consolation at the other end, failing to get on the end of Enrique’s cross before Adebayor added his second, and Spurs fourth, in the dying embers of the match, the on-loan striker having time to control Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s cross before slamming past the oncoming Reina in what turned out to be the last kick of the game.

Redknapp was quick to praise his squad after the match, telling Sky Sports News: “It was a fantastic performance from start to finish.

“We started the game so brightly and created three or four great chances before we scored with a great finish from Luka.

“The only thing that bothered me is that we weren’t two or three up at that time because I think we were that good in that first 25-30 minutes it would have been difficult for anyone to live with us.

“When they had the first sending off, I thought ‘we don’t need that now’. Sometimes against 10 men the attitude can change. People think it is easy, the crowd get restless and the players want to play differently.

“When it was 11 against 11 we were absolutely well on top and it was going how we wanted it. We had a little flat spell before half-time.

“We ended up scoring some good goals and it was a complete all-round performance.”

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Tottenham U19s beat Club Brugge at the end of a gruelling campaign at the Terborg Tournament

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According to a report by Tottenham Hotspur’s official website, the heroics of our U19 midfielder Paris Maghoma helped secure a much-needed 1-0 win against Brugge in the Terborg tournament in Holland.

We endured a challenging time in the group stages and it is great that we somehow managed to clinch a 5th-place finish at the end of it. This does come as great news for our younger players and from here on, they can only go forward.

In general, our U19 side has been quite promising in recent times and the display against Brugge was certainly yet another encouraging sign. Our defence was quite commendable and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster made quite a mark after returning from an injury he had sustained in March.

The likes of Troy Parrott and midfielder Elliot Thorpe came close to scoring but they failed to convert the chances. However, the U19s were lucky enough to have Maghoma in the mix since his goal ultimately proved to make all the difference.

All in all, it goes without saying that this was a good learning experience for the youngsters. They managed to sandwich a victory against Heerenveen between losses to Midtjylland and Atletico Paranaense but the win against Brugge is certainly a brilliant way to end the academy season.

Scott Parker’s men will now brace themselves for the new season and some of the players will be pushing for greater opportunities as well. However, given the way they have performed, it looks like the future is bright for the lot.

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Chelsea U18 0-3 Tottenham U18 – Blues handed first home defeat in three years as Spurs youngsters impress

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Tottenham U18 caused a nasty upset against our London rivals Chelsea, as our youngsters beat the Blues at Cobham in an exciting 0-3 victory. To have notched up such a huge victory against a side that has been exemplary in all aspects of the game is truly commendable.

Reo Griffiths, Rodel Richards and Dilan Markanday scored some stunning goals to put us in the driving seat and it is safe to say that we deserved that win. As if beating Chelsea was not enough, this win marks the Blues’ first home defeat at Cobham in the last 3 years.

A win is definitely important for us at this stage but more than anything else, the calmness and maturity displayed by our U18 side deserves praise. Our defenders did a brilliant job at the back and our attackers left no stone unturned to threaten and dominate the home side’s backline.

Griffiths scored a screamer of an opening goal to put us in the lead. Although we were the better team in the first-half, Chelsea were awarded a penalty right after the break. A few nervy moments followed but De Bie made a brilliant save to deny the hosts.

The save proved to be a turning point in the game since Chelsea could not come back into the game despite fighting hard. Eventually, Rodel Richards chipped in with the second goal in the 74th minute which was followed by Dilan Markanday converting Tariq Hinds’ cross to smash the third and final goal of the match.

Markanday was truly a standout performer for the side and he was a constant threat to Chelsea. He was aided by a flurry of crosses and ample support from right-back Maxi Tainio and the duo linked up quite well to deliver stunning results on the field.

As a Tottenham fan, it is heart-warming to see our youngsters perform like this and here’s to hoping they continue their fine form.

 

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“We do things the hard way”, “Sell Llorente and Sissoko please” Tottenham fans vent out anger after shock 2-2 draw

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Rochdale scored an extra-time equaliser as they earned an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley following a 2-2 draw at Spotland.

Tottenham thought they had won the game when Dele Alli had controversially earned a penalty and Harry Kane made no mistake, stepping up and firing past the goalkeeper. But 30-year-old Steve Davies sent the home crowd into ecstasy by netting the leveller two minutes into stoppage time.

The game didn’t start in our favour as Rochdale made the most of the relaid pitch to score a fantastically worked opener through Ian Henderson. It was Henderson’s 6th FA Cup goal of the season and interestingly, no player has scored more.

Fernando Llorente had Spurs’ best chance of the opening 45 minutes but spurned it from inside the area when he should have at least hit the target.

However, Lucas Moura, starting his first game for Spurs since making a winter transfer deadline day move from Paris Saint-Germain, equalised after the break. Moussa Sissoko found Moura in space and the Brazilian took a touch before hammering home his first goal for the club.

In the 88th minute, Alli was fouled in the box by Harrison McGahey and Kane stepped up to smash home to give Spurs the lead. But minutes later, Davies set Spotland bouncing again when he calmly found the bottom corner in the injury time to send Dale to Wembley for the replay.

After a fantastic 2-2 draw at Juventus in the Champions League, this wasn’t exactly the performance Spurs fans had hoped for.

Hugely disappointed with the performance when we could have won at Rochdale and moved into the quarterfinals. Here is how our fans reacted after the blow of the final whistle.

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